Lake District

a person in a canoe with Skiddaw reflected in the water

Home of Beatrix Potter, dramatic landscapes and fascinating history.

A view of Great Gable from Lingmell Summit in Wasdale Cumbria

How we're working to look after the Lake District 

How we are playing our part in looking after the Lake District for everyone, for now and for the future.

View across hay meadows full of flowers at Hill Top, Near Sawrey, Cumbria

Looking after hay meadows in the Lake District 

We're working hard with our tenant famers to restore hay meadows in the Lake District.

A viewing bench at Stagshaw Gardens

Hidden gems in the Lake District 

Want to find a secluded spot in the Lake District to take in the view? We’ve hidden beaches that are perfect for paddling in, hills where you can enjoy the sunset without the crowds, and small gardens where you can take in the scents.

A Ranger pulling Himalayan Balsam in the Lake District

Alien plants in the Lake District 

Himalayan Balsam, Rhododendron and Japanese Knotweed – they’re familiar sights, but actually, in the wrong place, they’re becoming a real problem across the Lake District. These are just some of the non-native plants here, or 'alien invasions' as we call them. In 2016, our Rangers and volunteers spent over 300 days tackling them - that’s nearly a year! We do this so indigenous plants survive, and that animals aren’t affected by these alien invaders either. They appear on land and in water – here’s 4 of the species to watch out for when you’re in the Lake District.

What's new in the Lakes?

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Where will you explore today?